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Friday, May 11, 2012
Up until Saturday, Tottenham were the last away team to score three goals at the Emirates Stadium, so it shows what a top-class performance of free, attacking football the Canaries put on against Arsene Wenger’s men.
To concede a goal after less than 70 seconds and come back to take the lead just goes to show the strength of the team’s mentality and character.
Even when Robin van Persie scored a brace to give the Gunners an undeserved lead, the boys kept going until the very last second and I was delighted when I saw that Steve Morison had scored the equaliser with five minutes remaining.
I have said a few times this season that the criticism Steve has received has been very harsh. Ten goals in 36 appearances in his first season at the club isn’t a bad return, especially in a tough Premier League.
Some of the things that have been said about Steve and the stick he has taken remind me of my first season at the club back in 1997.
I used to hate reading the letters page in the Evening News or EDP to see what people were saying about me.
I was nearly physically sick in the dressing room at Carrow Road before games, wondering what people were going to shout at me in the next 90 minutes; never a good way to go into a game. Looking back, I can fully understand the criticism I received as I was shocking, but some of the things said about big Steve have been extremely unfair.
He has scored more goals than many centre-forwards in the league and has contributed greatly to ensuring top-flight football at Carrow Road next season. I for one think he deserves more credit than he’s been given.
Sunday, as we all know, is the last game of a very long and strenuous season, and what a great way it would be for the lads to sign off for the summer with a home win.
It has been a terrific season for Norwich City Football Club and everyone involved with the club should be very proud of what has been achieved. There have been some great performances against some very big clubs and, to be fair, the players haven’t let the fans down on many occasions.
The lads know, though, that next season will be as tough, if not tougher, as the Premier League will now know what NCFC are all about. Also, Sunday will see the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy presented to the fans’ choice as player of the season. It was an honour to win this prestigious award twice in my seven years at the club and, no, I didn’t win it after my first season, surprisingly! It’s a very tough one to call this season as there are a few deserving candidates. I’m sure that the player who receives the award will thank his team-mates as he wouldn’t have been able to produce the performances he has without them.
Finally, I would like to wish Adam Drury a great night on May 22, when Celtic travel down to play in his testimonial game.
Adam is a great lad, and has been a true professional ever since he arrived at the club. He is a fantastic role model and ambassador for Norwich City FC and thoroughly deserves this night, providing the club with unwavering service in the past 11 years.
You very rarely see players in this day and age staying loyal to a club for such an extended period, so let’s give Adam a night he and his family will never forget and fill Carrow Road to the rafters.